"Painting is liquid thinking." James Elkins

"Painting is liquid thinking." James Elkins

Friday, March 14, 2014

AAAAH! My Roswell!

Losing It  2014 ink, flash on paper 12" x 12" 
I know what art can do for a city having visited and intentionally sought out the art from each city gateway, airport, highway and places on the street. I have favorites: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia airport, Orlando Airport, Miami Airport. Atlanta's public art trails behind these great cities. I came of age as an artist in Miami and can say that the public art program blossomed in the 1980's and had a powerful influence on city life. The Rockne Grebbs rainbow installation over the Miami River was something to behold while traveling through the city on the highway. My own work is in the public art collections in Miami, Orlando, and Tallahassee. 

I have contributed to Atlanta and Roswell by being active in WCAGA (board member 2014); Advisory Board for the Zuckerman Museum of Art (KSU) and recently appointed to the Steering Committee for the City of Roswell's Imagine Roswell Art: 2014. Our committee is conducting community conversations to gather information to develop a plan for arts and culture in Roswell's future. I am thrilled to be part of this forward thinking city. I am also an active member in the Roswell Historical Society, a cheerleader for historic preservation.

Cities that enable artist communities to flourish will be cities that differentiate themselves from each other. It is the unique aesthetic vision of a city that will mark that city as an attractive destination. How a city looks can only be accomplished when artists are contributors to the process. Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers will Rule the Future, says it best. Check it out!

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